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“Great place for families and sightseers”
Review of Millennium Park

Millennium Park
Ranked #2 of 642 things to do in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Three square blocks of open lakefront complete with a Ferris Wheel, outdoor music pavillion and ice skating rink; expected to become one of the city's most popular sites.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed July 14, 2013

Lots of interesting things to do whether you're with your kids or just a visiting couple like us. There are nice places to sit in front of the band shell, the gardens can be beautiful in season and the bean and fountains are great for kids.

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Reviewed July 14, 2013

Millennium Park is one of the best reasons and ways to spend an afternoon out doors. The well designed open space, walking trails, sculpture, greenery, trees, bike paths, and the beautifully designed park are simply a great way to enjoy a nice day in one of our greatest cities. I disliked nothing-- Loved all of it.

Thank colonelscott
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

Beautiful park in the big city. Close enough to our hotel to walk to and then many family friendly restaurants close by! Activities going on throughout the summer. The fountains with the faces is a must see. Very cool!

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Reviewed July 14, 2013

Lots of amazing flowers and plantings, very nice place for family and picnic and romantic walk. Great place to walk and people watch

Thank Stephen C
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

Millennium Park is a true public space. It is free, and it is not a shopping mall or Disney park where everything is a measured act to make you spend more money. The 25-acre park is one of the largest green roofs in the world - above a railroad and a municipal parking lot.

The possibility of having a new park built in the very heart of the city was linked to the stubbornness of one person, Aaron Montgomery Ward (1843-1913), the mail-order inventor, who totally disapproved unsightliness of the lakefront, and was ahead of a series of lawsuits for almost his whole life to keep the park "open, clear, and free" for public use.

By 1997, the former mayor of the city of Chicago, Richard M. Daley, was uncomfortable with the use of the land that later would become the Millennium Park. Being controlled by Illinois Central Railroad since 1848, the area was a railroad yard but mostly an unpaved and unstriped parking, and the mayor was unpleased to overlook that site from his dentist’s window every six months. Like Daley, the Chicago Park District and lakefront director, Randy Mehrberg, was also very unhappy with the use of that land, and started an investigation to check if Illinois Central was officially the owner of that title. He discovered that it was a “folk law”, and the city still retained title to that land. Soon, Mehrberg enabled the city to regain control of the land controlled by Illinois Central Railroad for almost 150 years, leading to the approval of the Lakefront Millennium Project on May 14, 1998.

At that time, Chicago and other American cities were facing many problems – from infrastructure to increased crime rates – and using city money for building the park was out of question. Therefore, the collaboration of the private sector was crucial for the realization of the Millennium Park, and donors would have to pay for everything but the infrastructure. Mayor Daley appealed John Bryan to lead the fundraising for the park, asking for 30 million dollars. As a person with keen passion for the arts, he was motivating the participation of international rewarded contemporary artists, and raising more than 200 million dollars to the city. Therefore, Bryan decided to shoot for the moon. Nobody had bigger plans for the Millennium Park than John Bryan. By shooting for the moon, Millennium Project was transformed. According to the project manager, Ed Uhlir, could never be done by the year 2000 because mostly everything in the park was new and never tried before, and once more Chicago was committed to the high standards of the city with art and architecture. The opening day of the Millennium Park happened on July 23, 2004.

The creation of Millennium Park had no single architect or planner. Instead, it was shaped by Chicago's tradition for art and architecture. It is not about yesterday but it is about today and tomorrow. Millennium Park is a contemporary masterpiece, and a singularly democratic achievement – from the conception to its use.

More at: http://cargocollective.com/millennium-park-chicago/Millennium-Park

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